Definition of roughly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌfli/


1In a manner lacking gentleness; harshly or violently: the man picked me up roughly
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  • She grunted, her eyes widening as his knee pushed into her stomach roughly and violently.
  • Liadan's almond eyes narrow as she pulls her hands roughly out of his gentle grip.
  • The mate roughly picked him up off the deck and held him with his feet just touching ground, looking disgusted.
violently, forcefully, forcibly, abruptly, unceremoniously
harshly, unkindly, severely, unsympathetically;
brutally, violently, savagely, inhumanly, mercilessly, cruelly, heartlessly
2In a manner lacking refinement and precision: people were crouching over roughly built brick fireplaces
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  • It is roughly built but the roof is nevertheless sound enough to keep the interior completely dry.
  • It was rectangular and about the length of my hand, and was wrapped roughly in brown paper, like it had been done in a hurry.
  • The buildings looked mainly to be made of wood and roughly cut stone and many farmyard animals were walking around.
3Approximately: this is a walk of roughly 13 miles [sentence adverb]: the narrative is, roughly speaking, contemporary with the earliest of the gospels
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  • That lack of change means that the economy was, roughly speaking, growing at its potential rate.
  • I think all writers, roughly speaking, are in the education business.
  • In Bordeaux, however, the jeroboam is five litres - roughly equal to six bottles or a half case.
approximately, about, around, round about, in the region of, something like, in the area of, in the neighbourhood of, of the order of, or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, more or less, give or take a few, plus or minus a few;
nearly, close to, as near as dammit, not far off, approaching;
British  getting on for;
South African  plus-minus;
Latin circa
North American informal in the ballpark of

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